George Washington's Bookplate[George Washington]. Scarce Personal Bookplate. One page, 2.5 x 4 inches, hinged at top of the verso to a mat, overall size of 4.5 x 5.75 inches. The motto Exitus acta probat (the outcome justifies the deed) is printed across the ribbon at the base of the shell-like shield, which is ornamented with sprays and rose branches. Washington's name is engraved on the bracket at the bottom. In the past, many forgeries and re-strikes have fooled collectors looking for original Washington bookplates. The present example is an original with these points: chain-lines in the paper, and the small line near the bottom-right of the shield, which is present on the authentic plate, but not in the more widely available re-strike used in the late-nineteenth century.
There is evidence of adhesive on verso, most likely from being attached to one of the books in Washington's library. Some wrinkling to the bottom of the plate, though no separations or tears. Toned and in very good to near fine condition. A very rare chance to acquire an authentic Washington bookplate.
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